How to Stay on a Budget When You’re Between Jobs

This post is right on time for a lot of my clients and readers.  It’s hard to focus on finding a job when your life seems to be running through a financial shredder.  So, when you’re between jobs and you have some savings, what do you do?  Well, blogger Mr. Financial Debauchery gives a few tips on how to stay afloat during the storm in your life.

For some people it’s the greatest day of their lives – The day they finally say goodbye to that job they loathe and walk out that door for the last time!

How incredible it must feel!  Tomorrow you’ll wake up and not have to be anywhere in a hurry.  No meetings.  No traffic.  No boss!  Can life really be this good?

Yes, it can be – but not for long.  Soon your bills start to roll in, and they’ll build up fast!  Even though you’ve polished your resume and published it to your local job site like, you’ll have to wait for potential employers to contact you and go through the interview process.  Who knows how long that will take!  Or more importantly – how much your bills will build up during this time!

Fortunately there’s no need to panic – yet.  As long as you’ve got good skills and know how to stay on a budget, you can make it through this bitter-sweet transition to the next job.  Here’s a few tips to help you along the way.

Knowing How to Stay on a Budget Starts With Expenses:

If you truly want to stay on budget while searching for a new job, you need to be completely honest about your expenses. Take a good, hard look at how much you are spending each month and what you are spending it on. Looking at the bigger picture will help you trim down your expenses and keep yourself afloat until you find a new job.

Gather up your monthly bills and credit card statements. Save receipts from purchases you made throughout the month, including groceries, gas and entertainment purchases. It may take some time to truly determine how much you are spending each month, but this is a necessary part of the process.

Determine What Expenses Are Essential and Non-Essential:

In order to make sure that you stay on the right track, you need to divide up your expenses into two categories: “Essential” and “Non-Essential.” Be honest when categorizing your expenses. Essential items should include your rent/mortgage, utility bills, groceries, bills and any other expenses that you absolutely cannot live without.

Non-essentials are expenses that you do not need to survive. While it may be a difficult choice, you may have to do without cable TV until you find a new job. If you spend a lot of money each week buying takeout food or going out with friends, these expenses may also need to be cut. Start cooking at home, clip coupons to save some extra cash and avoid those impromptu shopping trips. Just this simple act of cutting out extra expenses on things you don’t really need can make a huge difference and help you get through this difficult time with relative ease.

No, dinner at Red Lobster is not essential …

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